Is there any doubt that the United States of America is directed by Corporate America in pursuing Wars of Aggression in the Middle East?
Consider then, selected excerpts from the Oct. 2011 article by Sarah Simpson, free-lance writer and contributing editor for Scientific American.
Simpson's opening paragraph states, "The scene at first resembles many that play out daily in the war-torn Red Zone of southern Afghanistan: a pair of Black Hawk helicopters descend on a hillside near the country's southern border with Pakistan. As the choppers land, U.S. marines jump out, assault rifles ready. But then geologists sporting helmets and heavy ceramic vests jump out too. The researchers are virtually indistinguishable from the soldiers except that they carry rock hammers instead of guns. A human chain of soldiers encircle the scientists as they step forward on the dusty ground."
The latest "excursions" in Feb 2011 by the U.S. Geological Survey proved the existence of a "superlative cache of rare earth elements"".."coveted" and "in short supply in the U.S."
Are the gargantuan deposits of minerals, precious metals and rare earths worth untold hundreds of trillions of dollars important to corporation interests?
"Within three weeks of the September 11 ( "terrorist" attacks) geologists Mirzad and Medlin received authorization--and later, funding from the U.S. Agency for International Development--to help the Afghans firmly establish what national resources lay buried in the native soil and to train scientists who could help advise the government about exploiting these resources."